Posts by Sonya Barker

14th Annual Okanagan AIDS Walk

The Living Positive Resource Center is proud to announce and host the popular 14th Annual Okanagan AIDS Walk presented by Interior Savings. This year’s event is taking place Sunday September 19th and will kick off with a pancake breakfast held in Kerry Park, a new location for the event, at 9:00am.

The Okanagan AIDS Walk is one of the original walks taking place in Kelowna which is now joined by the legions of other worthy hikes, walks, and runs supporting health related organizations in the community and in the province. To make this year’s event stand out they are incorporating a RED theme which will feature prizes for the Reddest individual, Reddest team, top fundraisers, and of course great door prizes for participation.

There is also another AWESOME component to this year’s event which makes it stand out from the pack. Kelowna’s own Kelsey Serwa and City Council Kevin Craig are this year’s Co-Hosts. If you don’t know these names you must live under a rock, but I’ll fill in the blanks to help you out!

Kelsey Serwa is a 20 year old Kelowna native who most recently received a lot of media attention for competing in the 2010 Olympic Games held in Vancouver. Kelsey is a Ski Cross racer who won the 2009 FIS Ski Cross Rookie of the Year award and finished an impressive 5th place at this year’s Olympics.

Joining Kelsey in co-hosting is Kevin Craig who is a community oriented guy who has successfully become Kelowna’s youngest Council member ever! Kevin has brought a new and welcomed perspective to City Council and has also intrigued younger generations into getting more involved in local decision making.

All monies raised at the event will stay in the community for the fight against AIDS. Funds raised are used to subsidize emergency housing and utilities, medical fees and medications, medical transportation, annual client functions such as Christmas dinners and hampers, and prevention and education program.

To get involved as a walk or to provide a pledge to a friend please visit, become a fan on Facebook of “Okanagan AIDS Walk 2010” or follow them on twitter @AIDSwalk2010

Artists in City Park

Have you ever been walking through the downtown, stroll past the Sails, and suddenly arrive in the middle of artists, musicians, face and body painters, and a general good time and wonder what is all this?!?

Well I have the answer my friends, this an awesome program called Arts Alive!. The program features local and non-local crafters, artisans, and general cool object makers from May to September each year. All participants make their items, the group showcases a wide variety of jewellery, hand mixed Henna, paintings, carvings, pendants, or clothing!

Help support these artists and purchase an item or ten, let’s keep downtown Kelowna alive with culture, art, creativity and fun!

Uptown Rutland Classic Car Show and Outdoor Movie Night

Grab your family, you camera, some snacks and sunscreen and visit the 1st Annual Uptown Rutland Classic Car Show and Outdoor Movie Night taking place this Saturday, August 14th, at Rutland Centennial Park.

The entire day is free and starts with the Car Show from 1pm – 5pm, there will also be vendors, artists, and non-profits on site to showcase local arts, food, and experiences. After the car show wraps up take a break and head home to have dinner, round up the sleeping bags and lawn chairs, and come back for an Outdoor Movie night which starts at approximately 9:00pm.

The featured movie is Diary of a Wimpy Kid which is rated PG and released in early 2010. This movie follows the main character Greg Heffley through his first year of middle school. The movie features the trials and tribulations that impact kids at that tender age with the discovery of girls being cute, rapid growth spurts, and the arrival or lack of mustaches and muscles.

The event is put on by the Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA) which provides a forum for members to share their vision for the community and ensures the voice of the business community is heard by municipal, provincial and federal government. URBA organizers monthly business networking events like the Uptown After Hours and other community events such as the upcoming October 3rd Scarecrow Festival.

For more information on this event and URBA please visit or call 250-451-9861

Okanagan International Film Festival

The Okanagan International Film Festival is going to infuse downtown Kelowna with screenings of over 150 films, music videos, shorts, documentaries, and featured films starting Wednesday July 21st running until Sunday July 25th. The 5 day festival will feature screenings in traditional venues such as the downtown Paramount Theatre, the Kelowna Community Theatre, Black Box Theatre, and Okanagan College, with the addition of non-traditional venues such as the Royal Anne Hotel and Alternator for Contemporary Art located within the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Festival goers can expect to see a lot of film makers, directors, and actors attending the events and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and chat.

The Festival is put on by the Okanagan Film Festival Society which was founded in 1998 as a non for profit charitable organization. Their mission is to educate and promote the Canadian and International Film industry through film screening, competitions and professional industry workshops. The Society and Festival is run completely by a volunteer group of directors who have a passion for film and Canadian Film.

Films not to miss in this year’s festival include The Beast of the Bottomless Lake showing on Wednesday July 21st at 7:15pm at the Paramount, Greening the Cub: The 100 Mile House showing Friday July 23rd at 6:00pm and Strange Fruit at 8:00pm at Okanagan College, Hamlet, But You Didn’t Hear it From Me showing Friday July 23rd at 9;15pm at the Paramount, and Gunless showing Sunday July 25th at 6:45pm at the Paramount.

Tickets are available for individual screenings or a Festival Pass is available for $50 or students for $35 which gains you access to all screenings. A VIP pass is available for $175 which also includes access to all workshops, Galas, and after parties. Tickets are for sale through the website, Leo’s Video and the Paramount Theatre. For more information and to download the festival guide please visit

Trailer for The Beast of Bottomless Lake

Across The Lake Swim

The Across The Lake Swim is taking place on Saturday July 17th, and close to 400 swimmers will be completing the ultimate Okanagan challenge, swimming across Okanagan Lake.

Kelowna’s annual Across The Lake Swim has long been advertised as the longest continuously running open water swim event in BC, and it may be one of the longest events of its kind in North America. So come and take the plunge, get your time as you challenge yourself and others in your age category for medals and prizes.

Since its beginning in 1949 as part of the Kelowna Regatta, the Across The Lake Swim has always been more a demonstration of swimming ability than just simply a race. Each summer, swimmers young and old who have developed their swimming skills and their endurance abilities challenge themselves to swim two full kilometers across our great Lake Okanagan. The swim course runs from the Old Ferry Docks in West Kelowna to Hot Sands Beach in City Park.

With the continued growth of the event, they have secured their first ever title sponsor, Interior Savings, who is proud to support this local community event in their 62nd year.

Back by popular demand, the $5 house boat ferry is a great way to avoid a long gravelly walk from your parked car half way up Old Ferry Wharf Road. Both the Executive Boardroom and the Okanagan Princess will be onsite to drop off swimmers and carry spectators during the race.

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Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Night

Do you remember the good ‘ol days when you could drive your car stuffed full of family members to the local drive-in theatre? Interior Savings is bringing that experience back to Kelowna, but they’ve added a twist.

This summer, in their quest to support local youth, the Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Tour will be touching down in parks in 14 communities with a giant, three-story high inflatable movie screen. Families are invited to pull up a blanket or lawn chair and watch a popular movie under a starry sky while helping support youth in their communities.

To pull this tour together, they’ve partnered with non-profit organizations in each of the 14 communities who are making a valuable and lasting impact in the lives of youth.

The Kelowna Moonlight Movie Night will take place on Thursday July 15th in City Park hosted by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. Families are welcome to head down to the park around 7:00pm when the concession, BBQ, and children’s activities start. The featured movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will start around 9:00pm.

Admission is by donation with all proceeds benefit the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.

The tour will also be visiting West Kelowna on Wednesday July 14th, Lake Country July 18th, and Vernon July 19th.

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